I have made a huge mistake leaving it a week before doing this review meaning all the things I was going to ramble on about are o longer in my head. T...moreI have made a huge mistake leaving it a week before doing this review meaning all the things I was going to ramble on about are o longer in my head. Therefore this review will be quite short but don't take this as a sign that I didn't enjoy it because I really did.
For me I found this book a really fun read. The main character is a teenage spy settling into a new assignment in New York to befriend a boy and find out information about a story his father is supposed to be leaking to the press unveiling names of the several spies which would it them into danger. Quite honestly I was hooked throughout and loved following the story.
There were several things that made this book for me. I loved Maggie the main character. She is really funny and I loved seeing her try and settle into quite a normal life (albeit quite an alien one to her) and I loved the interactions she had with everyone around her. By far my favourite relationship in this book was the one she develops with her new best friend Roux. Roux is a brilliant character in all her flawed teenage ways and I loved every scene involving her and her crazy ways.
I loved the take this book had on spies. It was far more realistic than other novels I had read. No avoiding lazer beams of death or super cool gadgets. This girl is all about lock picking and safe combo breaking. Her main assignment is to get close to Jesse and find out more about his family. I loved how this played out and seeing the way in which Maggie interacted with him.
All in all a really cute read which I thoroughly enjoyed. (less)
I very short review on this one because I don't have huge amount to say.
The book is written in classic Sophie McKenzie style meaning it was easy and...moreI very short review on this one because I don't have huge amount to say.
The book is written in classic Sophie McKenzie style meaning it was easy and fast to get through as it flowed quite happily from one page to the next and I found myself done with in within a matter of hours.
This particular instalment carries on with the story established in book one and two of River and Flynn and sees them struggling to have their relationship accepted by those around them. I must admit in this instalment I started to see the point of those around River telling her to stay away from Flynn and I did find I didn't actually like him at all in this book. I found him quite arrogant and bit too full of it which is something I didn't think before reading this book.
The story finishes on a bit of a cliffhanger as you are left with a very uncertain future for the two of them. I am still quite curious to see where I goes but not sure I am a Flynn fan anymore. (less)
I have stupidly left this review far too long after reading the book and therefore this review is going to have to be short not because I didn't enjoy...moreI have stupidly left this review far too long after reading the book and therefore this review is going to have to be short not because I didn't enjoy it but because my poor brain is so tired of late it can't remember all the things I was going to say.
In short I really enjoyed this book. I loved it as much as book one and cannot wait to see where the series is going next. I love america as a character and love following her story. I love all the political stuff that lies behind the main story and the whys and wherefores of the world the book is set in. I do have to say I am totally as Team Maxon girly and I do want to shake America a little bit for not jumping on that bandwagon from the outset and am still desperately hoping that is where is ends up.
All in all a fab sequel which I enjoyed thoroughly. (less)
I did not get the hype at all that surrounds this book even though I wanted to dearly.
I must say for me I found the whole st...moreI'm going to say it .....
I did not get the hype at all that surrounds this book even though I wanted to dearly.
I must say for me I found the whole story a little bit samey as other books and TV series on a similar theme and I actually found myself skimming pages as I was getting bored. Yes there were some nice twists that kept me reading but even so they weren't enough to wow me in any way. I didn't really feel like I connected with any of the characters which meant I really didn't care what happened to them.
I got really confused because I didn't realise that the book was split narrative which meant when the voice changed the first time I was utterly confused and really didn't have a clue what was going on and them by the time I twigged I was actually a bit cross at the book for confusing me.
So not really the book for me. I did enjoy it enough to finish it but I'm not sure I'll actively seek out tany sequels. (less)
I loved acid! What a cracking story and kick-ass heroine. I couldn't read it quickly enough and was hooked from page one.
Acid is set in a future Brit...moreI loved acid! What a cracking story and kick-ass heroine. I couldn't read it quickly enough and was hooked from page one.
Acid is set in a future Britain and is the story of Jenna Strong. Jenna is 17 and has just broken out of a high security prison that she was put into for murdering her parents. Throughout the course of the book you get an insight into a corrupt totalitarian world where the people are watched every minute of every day and any slight disoriented is punished harshly.
I loved several things about this book.
Firstly I loved Jenna. She is a feisty led who no one messes with. At 17 she has been through so much and come out the other side so much tougher for it. Any one that tries to mess with her finds out to their peril how far she is willing to go to survive. That said underneath it all she has a really tender edge which comes out more and more as you get to know her over the course of the book. I loved seeing how she develops a relationship with Max and the lengths she is willing to go to help him.
I loved the world set up in this story. The state is this all seeing all knowing and corrupt big brother and the more you get into the story the more corrupt you find it is. I loved getting under the skin of the world and seeing how everything wasn't quite how it seemed on the outside and I really enjoyed uncovering all the secrets all with Jenna.
I loved that this book was set in the UK. So often the big dystopian series that are being published of late are US based and I loved that this was set in the UK. Certainly something I want more of please
A fab story, a kick-ass heroine and nail biting read set in an all too realistic world which will keep you on the edge of your seat from the first to the last page. (less)
Quite honestly I don't have huge amounts to say about this book.
I read it and it only took a few hours. It was OK but not mind blowing like I thought...moreQuite honestly I don't have huge amounts to say about this book.
I read it and it only took a few hours. It was OK but not mind blowing like I thought it would be. I often like books written in diary format but in this case I didn't really feel like there was much to tell. I didn't feel like I got to know the characters all that well and ultimately I didn't feel like there was a point to the entire book because of how it ended. It definitely did capture the feel of the bunker and the isolation it felt but I didn't feel there was enough in the story to make it one I could really get into.
I must admit this book was really interesting. Parts of it I really loved and I did find myself completely hooked and unable to put it down meaning I...moreI must admit this book was really interesting. Parts of it I really loved and I did find myself completely hooked and unable to put it down meaning I whizzed through a fairly chunky book in less than two days.
I liked several things about this book. I found it a really easy read which I could whiz through speedily without too much effort because the storyline was pacey and engaging throughout. I liked its ideas about soul mates and the consequences of two finding each other. It that regard it reminded me of the adjustment burea, a film I really loved, and I was continually intrigued about where it was going next. I really liked Noah and getting under the skin of why it was the person he was and I often found myself swooning just a little bit at the romantic things he did.
That said despite really enjoying the book on the whole I do have to admit I am not at all a fan of Poppy who is the main character in the book. I found her sarcastic and cynical ways a bit too much and often felt her comments and remarks were quite nasty and bitchy in places which really but me off her. I just didn't get how someone that young could be that cynical and how someone that popular could be that nasty to her friends and get away with it. It did mean that when things went wrong for her I didn't find myself caring as much as a probably ought to.
All in all an interesting read I will happily be recommending as it has some really interesting ideas and a compelling storyline I just wish I'd got along with the main character a bit better. (less)
I really enjoyed drummer girl and I found I quite literally couldn't put it down.
Drummer girl is about a british girl group who have just won a huge...moreI really enjoyed drummer girl and I found I quite literally couldn't put it down.
Drummer girl is about a british girl group who have just won a huge international talent contest and starts quite dramatically with Lucy finding her best friend Harper dead in the swimming pool in their LA home. The story then rewinds back as you follow their story through the talent contest as they are flown out to LA to compete and charts all the highs and lows of the girls as they find their feet in the world of show business and learn that things aren't quite as glamorous as they might seem from the outside.
For me this book was reminiscent of Sarra Manning's Guitar Girl in its storyline in so many ways: ordinary teenagers plunged into the spot light as part of a group which shoots quickly to fame followed by the story of how they deal with that fame. The writing is good and it kept me page turning and because the story started with the ending I spent much of the book trying to work out whodunit murder she wrote style. I liked the girls and seeing the different ways in which fame effected them and the book had a brilliant moral about the fickle nature of fame.
An enjoyable read which is perfect for teenage girls who also love music. (less)
A really enjoyable YA historical fiction read which I really enjoyed.
For me this book was a real eye opener for me about a something from the past th...moreA really enjoyable YA historical fiction read which I really enjoyed.
For me this book was a real eye opener for me about a something from the past that I knew very little about despite being a history teacher. The story is set in the regency period and and follows the story of Kitty Grey as things go horribly wrong for her. To start with her sweetheart goes missing leaving her with his baby sister. She trails the child to London to find him whilst on the errand for her employers and whilst there a whole series of events leaves her and the child destitute.
This story gives real insight into the unfairness of the justice system at the time. Kitty finds herself in an impossible situation and facing horrendous charges which are escalated due to the fact that everyone assumes she is an unmarried mother. It completely fascinated me to see what happened and felt me wanting to know more.
A book which I would really recommend highly. It does exactly what I think historical fiction should do in that it gives a real insight into a historical time period without overburdening the reader with boring detail and therefore keeping the reader really engaged and fascinated with the story. (less)
Wild boy is the story of a young boy during the victorian period who is hairy all over and as a consequence has had to s...moreA really enjoyable read for me
Wild boy is the story of a young boy during the victorian period who is hairy all over and as a consequence has had to spend his life as an outcast and ending up living and working as a freak in a traveling show.
For me this book had several things about it.
Firstly the plight of wild boy was a story I feel will stick with me for a long while to come. He is treated badly by peers and strangers purely for being slightly different and therefore lives his life ostriacised from normal people. The toll this has on the way he thinks and feels about himself is at times quite heartbreaking.
Secondly I loved seeing Victorian London through this book. I must admit the history geek in me got mighty excited about it and loved all the details that came alongside wild boy's story.
Thirdly I also loved the twist on a Sherlock Holmes theme that wild boy had going on throughout the book in the way he observed and deduced things going on around him. It made for an interesting storyline and I loved seeing how the mystery unfolded over the course of the book.
Maybe not entirely the book for me as I'm really not a circus book fan hence why this review maybe isn't as positive as others you might read but certainly worth the time spent reading it. (less)
I really enjoyed transparent. It was a really original and interesting read which kept me thoroughly entertained from the first page until the last.
T...moreI really enjoyed transparent. It was a really original and interesting read which kept me thoroughly entertained from the first page until the last.
Transparent is set in a world where some humans had gained a whole variety of abilities as a result of anti radiation drugs taken by the generation before them. These abilities are wide and varied and incredibly cool. Fiona is one of those people who have an ability. She happens to be invisible, a pretty cool ability apart from the fact that her mobster father wants to use it to help him commit a variety of crimes. Fiona and her mother decide one day that they've been asked to be involved in one job too far and go on the run away from her father to start afresh elsewhere. Unfortunately when you are the only invisible girl around with a famous father you find out very quickly you won't get far without being recognised.
I enjoyed several thins about this book. The dialogue was fab and I loved the main character Fiona. I loved getting behind her and rooted for her from page one. I loved the relationships developed throughout the course of the story and I loved what the book had to say about prejudices and being your own person. I loved the whole host of secondary characters you meet throughout the story and enjoyed getting to ow them all. I won't go into too much detail about the storyline itself as I don't want to spoil it for any one but I must say I loved the action and how the book played out by the end.
X-men meets heroes with a kickass heroine who you will love and an exciting storyline which will hook your from the first page. (less)